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10001 Johnson Drive Sherwood, AR 72120 501-833-1120
In partnership with parents, Sylvan Hills Middle School will promote a learning community which will help students reach their academic potential and become productive members of society.
Our vision is to provide a safe, positive, learning community and to lead by example in our interactions with our students, parents, and community: To promote academic excellence, lifelong learning, personal integrity, mutual respect, and honesty.
SHMS Core Beliefs
Bells/Tardy Policy-The first bell rings at 8:30 a.m. The tardy bell rings at 8:40 a.m. Students who are tardy for the school day for such reasons as oversleeping, missing the bus, or being transported late by private vehicles will be given an unexcused tardy. Parents/guardians must sign in students arriving after 8:40 a.m. If students do not have a documented reason for being late such as a doctor’s appointment, they will be marked tardy to 1st period.
The following course of action will be taken when students are tardy to a class:
1st Tardy-Verbal Warning
2nd Tardy-Formal Parent Conference (by teacher)
3rd Tardy-D-hall (assigned by teacher)
4th Tardy- 2 days D-hall (assigned by designated administrator)
5th Tardy-1 per. SAC
6th Tardy-½ day of SAC
7th Tardy-full day of SAC
8th tardy-one day suspension with parent/administrator conference - each additional day will also result in a 1 day out of school suspension
1. Attendance is taken every period. To calculate absences all periods missed are added up, then divided by 7.
2. When a student has 5 unexcused absences in one class period, a letter will be sent home with attendance report attached. The letter is to be signed and returned to the school, no other action is required.
3. When a student has reached more than 6 days of unexcused absences the following will occur:
a. Truancy will be filed with the prosecuting attorney.
b. DHS will be notified for academic neglect.
c. A letter will be sent home certified mail.
1. Medical appointments documented by a Doctor's note.
a. Notes can be dropped off in the front office.
b. Notes can also be faxed to SHMS (501) 833-1137
2. Student’s illness as noted in a parent note. You are allowed 6 per semester.
3. Death or serious illness of an immediate family member. Please provide a program or obituary. Be sure to write your student’s name on the note.
4. Observance of recognized holidays observed by the student’s faith.
There is a more extensive list in the student handbook on the PCSSD web site.
1. All notes MUST be turned in within 5 days of the students return to school.
2. You do not need to call the school when your student is absent unless the absence is for several days.
3. No absence will be excused by a phone call.
4. Students will be allowed to make-up any school work for excused absences when they return. If a student is absent for 5 consecutive days, then you may request make-up work from the counselor office.
5. Call-outs are done every period. If you get a call and your student should be in school, always call so that we can check on your student and make any corrections to attendance.
Checking In or Out: All students leaving school MUST ALWAYS check out through the office. Parents/Guardians MUST show a driverś license or valid identification in order to check out or visit the campus. Students who are not of legal age are not allowed to check themselves in or out of school. Students will not be called to the office to check out until the parent arrives to pick them up.
There will be no changes in transportation after 3:30 p.m.
Detention (D-Hall)-Detention will be during each lunch. Students must report to the designated area by the bell that will ring 5 minutes before the start of lunch. Students must bring work with them to detention hall. Students will be escorted to lunch at a specified time and must sit in a designated area and eat lunch or sit quietly for the remainder of the lunch period. If a student is absent from school or checks in after 1st lunch starts, the student must attend d-hall on the next school day that the student is present.
PCSSD/SHMS DRESS CODE POLICY - Expectations for student dress are clearly outlined in the PCSSD dress code policy identified below. It is understood; however, that building principals have the discretion to determine “a mode of dress that disrupts the educational process.” While it is impossible to identify all modes of dress that might be considered disruptive, it is the intent of PCSSD to provide parents and students as much clarity as possible regarding proper attire.
Examples of expected dress in Secondary Schools:
BOOK BAG/BACKPACKS/PURSES/SLING BACKPACKS/ATHLETIC BAGS: Students are suggested to bring clear or mesh book bags to school. Purses must be small enough to fit into a locker. Students MUST place book bags, backpacks, and purses in their locker before 1st period. Bookbags, backpacks, and purses are not allowed in the classrooms or halls.
Communication: The SHMS staff recognizes that communication between school and home is important to your child’s success. Varied methods of communication will be used in an effort to keep parents informed. These methods include but are not limited to Bear Planners, HAC, email, phone calls, team conferences, telephone call outs, district and school calendars, district and school web pages and fliers.
Consequences For Dress Code/Bag Violation:
The following course of action will be taken when students are in violation of these rules:
1st Offense-Verbal Warning
2nd Offense-Formal Parent Conference (by teacher)
3rd Offense-D-hall (assigned by teacher)
4th Offense- 2 days D-hall (assigned by designated administrator)
5th Offense-1 period SAC
6th Offense-½ day of SAC
7th Offense-full day of SAC
8th or more Offense-one day suspension with parent/administrator conference - each additional offense will result in a 1 day out of school suspension
ITEMS NOT ALLOWED: Students may not have toys, stuffed animals, blankets, etc. (anything that has no educational purpose) at any time.
STUDENT I.D. BADGES:
All students are required to wear Student I.D. Badges during the school day and at specified activities. Students will be issued two I.D. Badges at the beginning of each school year. A $12 fee will be charged for two I.D. Badges, a lanyard, and a Bear Planner. The $12 fee will be collected by the student’s homeroom teacher the first week of school. ID Badges must be worn around the neck and visible at all times. Temporary ID Badges cost $1 and must be worn if students forget or lose their badge.
All students will be assigned a locker. Students must keep their book and supplies in their locker. ALL lockers will be cleaned out at the end of each 9weeks. NO student is to share a locker with another student.
CELL PHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES:
Administrators will enforce district policy. NO EXCEPTIONS. See PCSSD handbook.
Designated Areas: Students must always stay in their designated areas.*
*Failure to be in your designated area will result in Level 1 consequences.
Sylvan Hills Middle School is fortunate to have on staff PCSSD security officers as well as a law enforcement officer from the Sherwood Police Department. This officer is employed by the city of Sherwood as a resource to students, staff, and parents, and is housed on campus. Any student may have access to the security officers and the school resource officer (SRO). All students will follow the directives of both the security officers and the SRO and must be respectful to these individuals at all times. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary actions. Students and parents are advised that all students or campus visitors shall be subject to search of their person and property. (A.C.A. 6-21-608)
GIFT DELIVERY: In order to minimize disruption of the school day, no deliveries of flowers, balloons, and or other gifts will be accepted for students for any occasion.
Students may bring sack lunches from home or they may eat lunch in the cafeteria.
FOOD or DRINKS from outside restaurants may not be brought to school or students.
All parents are encouraged to volunteer at SHMS. Schools and teachers do not function separately from parents and the community. Helping your student have a successful year is a cooperative effort among the student, teacher and parents. We encourage you to actively monitor what is going on at school and stay in communication with your child and teachers regarding your child’s progress. Parent volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to PTSA, Band Booster, Choir Booster, School Equity and Improvement Team, Assisting in Classrooms, Mentoring, Tutoring or any additional areas that you might recommend. Parents must go to pcssd.org and click on the box for “I Want to Volunteer”.
VISITORS - ALL VISITORS MUST REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO THE OFFICE TO OBTAIN A VISITOR’S PASS. A visitor is anyone not currently enrolled at Sylvan Hills High School. This pass must be attached to outer garments where it can be seen at all times. Students are not to bring children on campus during the school day. If a parent would like to visit a classroom, SHMS requests that 24 notice be provided. **Former students may not stop by to visit because this disrupts the educational process. Because of possible interference or distraction, students who are not enrolled at SHMS are not allowed in the classrooms, cafeteria, gyms, parking lot, or any area of PCSSD property during the school day.
A parent can request a team or teacher conference by calling the school or emailing one of their child’s core teachers and requesting a team or teacher conference. The team or teacher will call the parent back to schedule the conference
SHMS students in the 6th and 7th grade are assigned to grade level pods. There are three teams in each grade level pod. Having pods allows the students to be in their grade level pod for the four core subjects. Students are not allowed in other pods without permission.
SHMS core teachers (math, science, literacy, social studies) work together in teams. Every student is assigned to a team via computer to create the master schedule. Teams are beneficial to students because they are with the same students in their core classes throughout the day. Teams are beneficial to parents because a team conference allows parents to meet with all four core teachers at once. Teams are beneficial to teachers because they have a common planning time which allows them to work together during the day to meet the needs of their students.